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Norman Jay Coleman

Born: May 16, 1827

Death: Nov 3, 1911

Birthplace: Richfield Springs

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Norman Jay Coleman

Date of Birth : May 16, 1827
Date of Death : Nov 3, 1911
Birth Place : Richfield Springs

Norman Jay Colman was a politician, newspaper publisher, and, for 18 days, the first United States Secretary of Agriculture. Colman was born in Richfield Springs, New York, to son of Nancy and Hamilton Colman. He later moved to Kentucky to become an educator. He received a law degree from the University of Louisville Law School in 1849. Colman then moved to Missouri, ostensibly to farm. He was elected as an Alderman for St. Louis city's 5th ward as a Whig in 1854 and 1855 In 1855 he founded the Valley Farmer newspaper. As a result of his publication, Colman became a prominent figure in Missouri farming circles, which set the path for a political career in the Missouri House of Representatives. The publication of Colman's newspaper was interrupted by the American Civil War, but three years after the war he founded the Colman's Rural World. His political career continued, culminating with his election as the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri from 1875 to 1877, as Democrat. President Grover Cleveland appointed Colman Commissioner of Agriculture in 1885.


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